June 20, 2024
Foreign corporations are vying to mine copper and nickel on the cheap in northeastern Minnesota
A 2021 decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court has given the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) a perfect opportunity to drive a stake in the most procedurally advanced - and potentially dangerous - proposed sulfide mine in the state. Will it finally take an off ramp?

June 8, 2024
Minnesota DFL agrees to legislative hearings on copper-nickel mining — and other labor news • Minnesota Reformer
Take a seat in the Break Room, our weekly round-up of labor news in Minnesota and beyond.

June 7, 2024
The DFL convention showed a curious alliance between labor and foreign mining corporations • Minnesota Reformer
Labor's unlikely alliance with giant mining corporations.

April 25, 2024
Minnesota Bill Would Reverse Long-Sought Protections for Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
If passed, HR3195 would re-open doors for a proposed sulfide-ore copper mining project in the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

April 19, 2024
Tailings dam design could change, NewRange tells tribal nations
The company said it hadn't abandoned earlier plans, the focus of a Minnesota DNR review on whether the mining permit should be denied.

April 3, 2024
Let's not take clean water for granted • Minnesota Reformer
When faced with the most polluting industry in the country, shouldn’t we have, at a minimum, some sort of legislative debate on the issue?

March 29, 2024
After suit from tribes, Minnesota judge declines to overturn water quality standards
Minnesota revised its water quality standards in 2021, replacing many quantitative rules with more flexible narrative ones. A federal judge declined to overturn those new standards following a lawsuit from several of the state's Native American tribes.

February 27, 2024
Mining interest set to launch drill program within the Duluth Complex
Green Bridge Metals set to launch drilling exploration for copper-nickel near Lake Superior. Concerns about pollution and long-term impacts

February 6, 2024
Green Bridge Metals Corporation Options World Class Copper-Nickel Exploration Portfolio in Duluth Complex Minnesota
VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / February 6, 2024 / Green Bridge Metals Corporation (CNSX:GRBM) ("Green Bridge" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered a letter of intent (the "LOI") with Encampment Minerals Inc., dated February 5, ...

January 23, 2024
This town’s mining battle reveals the contentious path to a cleaner future
The world needs to dig up far more minerals to meet climate goals. But mining poses environmental dangers that are bitterly dividing communities.

December 23, 2023
Former Gov. Arne Carlson and environmentalists lambaste Walz, other state leaders
Former Gov. Arne Carlson and environmental groups lambasted Minnesota's political leaders last week, contending that they are listening to foreign mining interests instead of voters when it comes to protecting the state's waters.

December 19, 2023
Minnesota court backs major permit for proposed NewRange (PolyMet) copper-nickel mine
It was a win for NewRange Copper Nickel, which remains stalled by court and regulatory setbacks.

December 1, 2023
Nickel ore processing plant that will supply Tesla strikes deal to spend $115M in federal funds
Developers of a proposed nickel ore processing plant in North Dakota that would supply electric automaker Tesla have reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Energy on how to spend nearly $115 million the federal agency awarded the project last year

November 29, 2023
ALJ deals another blow to PolyMet - The Timberjay
ST. PAUL— In yet another major blow for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes, an administrative law judge is recommending that the Department of Natural Resources deny the …

November 29, 2023
Proposed NewRange copper-nickel mine in Minnesota suffers fresh setback on top of years of delays
Administrative Law Judge James LaFave said in a ruling Tuesday that the design for the mine's waste basin won’t adequately prevent water pollution.

November 29, 2023
Minnesota judge recommends denying mining permit at proposed NorthMet copper-nickel mine
HOYT LAKES, MN. (Northern News Now) - A proposed copper-nickel mine on the Iron Range has hit another setback. On Tuesday, a Minnesota state judge recommended the Minnesota DNR deny the key mining permit for the NorthMet copper-nickel mine in Hoyt Lakes, which is what the facility needs to operate. In the ruling, the judge said the mine’s proposed method of storing reactive waste was not practical or workable. This is the latest setback for the proposed mine which is owned by NewRange, a joint venture between the company formerly known as Polymet Mining Inc. and Canadian mining company Teck.

November 28, 2023
Talon Metals sees significant expansion potential at Tamarack nickel project
Talon Metals Corp. (TSX:TLO, OTC:TLOFF) sees significant expansion potential for the resource at its Tamarack nickel project in Minnesota. The company...

November 28, 2023
Judge recommends DNR deny NorthMet permit to mine
In a non-binding opinion, an administrative law judge said adding bentonite clay to the mine-waste slurry and lining the tailings basin with bentonite was impractical and would not meet state law.

November 21, 2023
Dirty Water and Dead Rice: The Cost of the Clean Energy Transition in Rural Minnesota - Inside Climate News
Mining the critical minerals needed for electric vehicle batteries could threaten local water supply and Indigenous culture.

November 16, 2023
Talon Metals drills high grade nickel-copper outside Tamarack Project's resource
Talon Metals Corp has announced results from 116 new drill holes at the Tamarack Nickel Project in Minnesota, of which 20 are exploration holes drilled with...

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